School bus unable to stop New Zealand driver Brendon Leitch’s top 10 FIA Formula 4 USA Championship standing

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New Zealand’s Brendon Leitch accelerates in the FIA Formula 4 USA Championship.

The presence of a yellow school bus on the circuit, wasn’t enough to stop Kiwi Brendon Leitch from retaining his place in the top ten on the Formula 4 USA Championship on Saturday NZ time.

The second race of the round at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas was disrupted by the presence of a massive yellow school bus on the circuit after it appeared to take a wrong turn. 

Racing was red flagged while the lumbering 30-seater with only the driver on board, was escorted to the infield.

Southland’s Leitch who was witness to the bizarre incident was ninth, banking valuable points for his championship campaign.

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“That was a heck of a drive, I couldn’t go any quicker but we did our best and got into the top ten,” Leitch said.

Racing in FIA Formula 4 USA alongside the high profile FIA World Endurance Championship, Leitch was figuratively rubbing shoulders with two great Kiwi race drivers – Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber, who were on their winning way in the main event, hunting down a championship title with Porsche.

But things were tougher for Leitch, who encountered difficult conditions in a car that was down on speed compared to his rivals.

‘We were hoping to be very competitive here, but the other teams had speed we couldn’t claw back,” he said.

This meant he was only able to qualify 13th out of 33 and was vulnerable to being dragged into incidents involving other racers.

A penalty from the previous round dropped him further, to 22nd spot on the race one grid.

Leitch put in a determined, gritty drive and clawed his way through to be 16th at the finish, heading into the unusual bus incident race.

 

A position 10 grid for the third and final race of the weekend was converted into a provisional finish placing of 11th.

Leitch is holding on to a top ten in the points, currently ninth; his American team-mate Dakota Dickerson is sixth.

The final round of the 2017 FIA Formula 4 Championship returns to the Circuit of the Americas next month as a support category for the US Grand Prix.


 – Stuff

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